new Delhi : Union, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Food Processing Industries, Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the ‘India-International Food and Agri Week’ to be held from 16 to 22 October. Addressing the inaugural session, he said that India’s food processing sector has a 32 percent share in India’s food market. He said that the focus of this Agro and Food Tech is on the use of technologies in the food and agriculture sector to increase the income of farmers.
He said that this is in line with the target set by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to double the income of farmers by 2022. He said that India’s agricultural and rural economy is very strong. He said that due to proper marketing and latest technology, agriculture sector can grow a lot. Important steps have been taken in this direction under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that the GDP growth rate in agriculture is 3.4 percent and the region has contributed a lot to India’s economic growth even during Kovid. The food processing industry has started an awareness campaign called ‘Ann Devo Bhava’ on this occasion. He emphasized that with increasing awareness about the importance of food, we should also focus on reducing food waste.
He said that under the ‘Self-Reliant India Campaign’, this ministry has launched the PMFME (PM Formalization of Micro Food Enterprises) scheme with an outlay of Rs 20,000 crore. The credit linked subsidy from this scheme will help 2 lakh micro food processing units and will also focus on the help of self-help groups, FPOs and cottage industries. Mr. Tomar said that the food processing industry is working with the Ministry of Commerce and has selected ‘ready to eat’ edible fruits and vegetables for export markets.
The government is working towards the branding of food products and the creation of a market development board. Tomar said that the Ministry of Food and Processing Industries has launched ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana’ for modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from ‘form gate to retail outlets’. The MFP scheme is an important element of PMKSY which aims to connect the market with agricultural production by bringing farmers, processors and retailers on one platform. So far 37 MFPs have been approved, out of which 20 have started operations. The ministry has expanded the operation greens scheme called ‘Top to Total’. Under this scheme, the Ministry provides 50 percent subsidy for the transportation of these crops for six months for transportation from over-producing clusters to consumer centers or by renting appropriate storage facilities for eligible crops (for a maximum period of three months). Will do it.